The Clerk, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Ego Abashe, has urged Nigerians to embrace Family Planning (FP) to boost the health of mothers and children as well as for overall development of the country.
Abashe made the call on Tuesday in Lafia while playing host to Community Link for Health and Family Planning Advocacy (CLHEPA), an NGO in the state.
He underscored the importance of FP to mothers and children as well as to the country and the need for civil servants and other Nigerians to embrace child spacing.
“I want to thank you for the visit and to assure you of my readiness to support your advocacy in order to boost the health of mothers and their children.
“The visit is timely, because the 2020 budget is yet to be presented to the House.
“I will advise appropriately and I will also liaise with the Chairman, House Committee on Health to ensure that FP budget is captured and reasonable in the 2020 budget as well as to ensure its released for utilisation.
“I am a living testimony of child spacing and I will advocate for FP among civil servants and other Nigerians for the overall development of the country,” he said.
Earlier, Mrs Mary Ashenenya, Chairperson of the NGO, said that the visit was to seek for the Clerk’s support in ensuring that FP fund is budgeted in 2020 fiscal year.
Ashenenya said that FP was one of the key factors of achieving reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality rate.
“In this group, we are interested in the issue of child spacing/FP in Nasarawa State.
“We are here to advocate for increased government’s budgetary allocation and intervention in child birth spacing.
“This is to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, eliminating risks of abortion that women and girls are exposed to and improving their quality of lives,” she said.